Dawdon close gap with classy victory

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DAWDON were the major movers yesterday as they ended Boldon CA’s unbeaten record at the same time as Readers Durham Cricket League leaders Burnmoor were being held to a home draw against Tudhoe.

CA racked up 169-9 in 43.4 overs, with Shashank Singh making a half century from 80 balls, but, with Anthony Watson bagging 5-36, second-top Dawdon felt they were in with a good chance of chasing down that total.

So it proved as Stephen Gale hit 17 fours on his way to a magnificent, unbeaten century which secured Dawdon the win with seven wickets and plenty of overs to spare.

Burnmoor found Tudhoe a tough nut to crack.

A declaration in the 48th over on 189-7 did not leave Moor too much time to bowl out their opponents, and they got nowhere near doing so as Tudhoe ended on 155-5 from 38 overs.

Paul Craig (64) and Stephen Meek (53) got the double act going at last for Moor, but Dan Hardaker (47) and Simon Davies proved the stumbling blocks as the leaders picked up just eight points, a return that saw their lead at the top cut to just 13 points.

Elsewhere, Hylton bounced back from their Saturday roasting at the hands of Dawdon to defeat Marsden by five wickets after bowling them out for 152, Philadelphia were beaten by Easington with Jordan Wilson (5-44) and Jason Moses (66) the leading lights for a second day in a row, and Castle Eden suffered a shock defeat at the hands of Mainsforth after being shot out for just 80 on their own pitch.

With Evenwood pulling off a surprise win over Esh Winning to virtually end their title hopes the league table is now heavily slanted in favour of Burnmoor and Dawdon, the leading pair having opened up a substantial gap between themselves and the chasing pack.

On Saturday, the clash between last year’s two leading sides turned into something of a disappointment as Burnmoor dominated from start to finish.

Victory over Esh Winning was secured with the minimum of fuss, the match a one-sided affair as the Moor pinned their visitors down after they had elected to bat when winning the toss.

A steady start to the innings was totally undone by Ian Conn, who claimed 5-35 in a match-defining 10-over stint which saw Esh eventually reaching for the declaration button on 103-9 after 34.5 overs, presumably to deny their hosts an additional bowling point.

The loss of two early wickets gave Moor a few anxious moments, but then South African Brydon Carse (36no from 76 balls) and Stephen Meek (49no from 107 balls) first steadied the ship before setting course for home in a match winning unbroken stand of 85.

Dawdon enjoyed an eight-wicket thumping of Hylton, who were bowled out for just 66 in 19.1 overs.

John Leslie (5-25) and Anthony Watson (4-18) were the men inflicting the pain, and it took the home side just 18 overs to secure a straightforward win.

Another team crumbling for unlucky 66 were Horden, who were completely undone by Castle Eden’s Prateek Dabholkah, who ran through them in an 11-over spell in which he claimed 7-26.

Earlier, Castle Eden had lodged a target of 161, and their fourth victory in a row kept them right on Dawdon’s tail in the table.

Boldon CA maintained their unbeaten record, but only just as they defeated hosts Mainsforth by 19 runs in a low scoring game. Martin Lower (4-36) and Ryan Cummings (4-4 from five overs) bundled CA out for 109 in 32.2 overs, but then Brian Conlon (4-15) and Shashank Singh (4-29) proved even more incisive as Mainsforth went down for 90, Andy Allen left stranded on 37 not out.

Despite being the only team other than Burnmoor to remain unbeaten CA remarkably remain in the bottom half of the table after their early-season weather woes.

Philadelphia at last showed their true batting colours as they overpowered Marsden by 145 runs following a first innings total of 233-5 in 43 overs.

Lee Innes hit 15 fours and A six before being caught eight short of his century, and with Anthony Hornby (11 fours and 2 sixes in 68) inflicting more pain on the visitors attack it was then over to the in-form Stephen Robinson (4-15) to add the finishing touches to an emphatic win as Marsden slid to 88 all out.

Easington eased their relegation concerns with an easy win over bottom club Evenwood, who were bowled out for 115, Jordan Wilson (3-22) heading a quintet of wicket taking bowlers.

The run chase was done and dusted inside 16 overs as Jason Moses (36) and Kamran Mansoor (39 not out) gave Easington lift off with nine fours and four sixes between them, victory moving them eight points clear of the relegation zone.